Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes / Dixiemes

Gaz v Red Star CdL

The Coupe de la Ligue is back, with the 14 Ligue 1 teams un-bothered by Europe joining the fray, which combined with the limited scope of professionalism in France and a fairly rigid approach to naming things, means another set of seiziemes that involve dix matches. One National (third-tier) team remains, Paris’ Red Star, who have so far needed penalties for their […]

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Bureaucracy Corner – HT: DNCG 2 – 0 Corsica

Squillacci

Ah, summer is here. While most football coverage right now is a feverish attempt to find who’s been seen at what airport (he’s from Chambery, Lyon is the closest international airport for a family holiday), France has another tradition apart from selling top talent for mates’ rates and loaning each other youth players. Welcome back, the DNCG, staggering into view like a […]

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Paris FC and Red Star mean Paris is more than PSG

Paris FC Stadium crop

Unlike many other major capital cities in Europe, Paris has only one top division football team. Paris Saint-Germain has taken major strides towards building its profile on an international level in recent years through its recruitment of major international stars such as Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, but the capital city’s other clubs have continued to struggle. In episode […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Wednesday – Marseille v Monaco

CDF 8emes Wednesday

Day 2 of the Coupe de France round of 16 is here, and we have already had one cupset with CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beating Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0, with first-half goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili. Will another underdog join them in the quarter-finals? Today’s big match is Marseille v Monaco (insert joke here – ed.). Niort (Ligue […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part II

granville

The weekend’s 32emes draw to a close tonight with six matches (after postponements) taking place. The headline match is Lyon vs Montpellier, with some tantalising matches on the undercard – including last year’s surprise quarter finalists Granville hosting Ligue 1 opposition. Istres (DHR) – Marseille Consolat (Nat) The lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition are facing a local derby as FC […]

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Coupe de la Ligue – Wednesday Preview

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As we wait for the European teams to get involved, the seiziemes are again the dixiemes in the Coupe de la Ligue, with a cast of fourteen Ligue 1 teams joining four from Ligue 2 and two from National over a midweek bonus round. Chateauroux v Girondins de Bordeaux – 18.45 CEST (Canal+ Sport) One of only two third-tier teams left in […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

Barbosa crop

The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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RC Strasbourg: On the Road Back to the Big Time

RCS Ligue 2

After six years in the relative wilderness, French football has welcomed one of its biggest names back to the professional fold. Last Friday, thanks to a 0-0 draw away at ASM Belfort, Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace secured the Championnat National title and with it a return to Ligue 2. It has been a long and winding road back to […]

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